Rising temperatures trigger an excessive heat warning for the Los Angeles area

Rising temperatures trigger an excessive heat warning for the Los Angeles area

Temperatures are expected to rise as much as 16 degrees above normal early this week, increasing the risk of wildfires and heat-related illnesses as another intense August heat wave hits Southern California.

Temperatures will range from 90 to 109 degrees in the valley, inland and mountain areas on Monday and Tuesday, prompting extreme heat advisories and warnings for a large swath of the region, including Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

Health officials are urging the public to take precautions to protect themselves from heat exhaustion and heat stroke by drinking plenty of water and staying indoors or seeking cooling centers with air conditioning. Los Angeles County cooling center locations, including those suitable for pets, can be found by calling 311 or visiting https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/.

Of particular concern are those “who are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of rising temperatures, including children, elderly people who are sick or suffering from chronic diseases, pregnant women, those who live alone, and pets,” Dr. Monto Davis, D.C., said. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health health officer in a statement. “High temperatures are not just an inconvenience; It can be dangerous and even fatal.

The latest heat wave comes on the heels of Tropical Storm Hillary, which dumped record rainfall across Southern California and caused major flooding inland. These heavy rains will not mitigate the fire risks posed by scorching temperatures, because the dry vegetation and trees that typically fuel wildfires do not accept moisture at this time of year, said Mike Wofford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

On Sunday, Los Angeles County is expected to see highs in the mid 80s and mid 90s. But gusty winds are expected at sunset Sunday night and Monday night, making fire conditions more dangerous.

Wofford said heat warnings and advisories issued Monday and Tuesday should be similar to the high temperatures the region saw in mid-August.

“I think we'll see similar numbers,” Wofford said. “It will be a little warmer for coastal areas this time around because we don't have as much marine layer as we had before. The valleys will probably be a few degrees away from the last (heatwave).”

By Wednesday, temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 90s to lower 100s in the valley and mountain areas, Wofford said.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is preparing its full staff of electrical troubleshooters to respond to potential power outages. Mayor Karen Bass said the city is preparing resources to help residents stay calm.

“We are ensuring cooling centers are available throughout the city, and ensuring that the most vulnerable neighborhoods have safe places to avoid the heat,” Bass said in a statement on Sunday.

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